Easy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese (5 Ingredients Recipe)

Easy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Cheesy, comforting and absolutely delicious, Easy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect easy alternative the boxed varieties. With just 5 ingredients, these noodles are perfectly creamy and oh, so easy to make. Best of all, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

  • Author: Jessica
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American/Canadian


Units Scale
  • 1 pound uncooked macaroni noodles (or other small noodles)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine pasta, water, milk, Dijon, sea salt and garlic powder. Stir the pasta every few minutes, until the water begins to boil. Adjust heat as needed to maintain a rolling boil. Continue, stirring once or twice per minute, until the pasta is cooked.
  2. Remove pot from heat. If there is any excess water, remove it and reserve 1/2 cup of starchy water.
  3. Add the cheese to the pasta and stir. If the pasta sauce is dry, add starchy pasta water as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • Pasta – The type of pasta that you use can effect the cooking time. When you are choosing a pasta, look for one that lists the cooking time on the package at approximately 8 minutes. If your pasta lists a different cooking time, you may need to use more or less water to fully cook the noodles.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 483.89kcal
  • Sugar: 6.14g
  • Sodium: 681.43mg
  • Fat: 16.34g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.84g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.35g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.85g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 21.27g
  • Cholesterol: 47.1mg

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